Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

Early on Tuesday morning (Tuesday night NZ Time), US President Donald Trump accused Google of rigging search results for "Trump News" against "Republican/Conservative & Fair Media", and wondered, "illegal?"

The factors Google uses to determine which websites appear first in search results include how often that page is linked to on other sites, the use of keywords, the popularity and respectability of the news site, and personal browsing history of the person conducting the search. Fake CNN is prominent.

He tweeted: "96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very unsafe".

Donald Trump has slammed Google for silencing conservative news and opinions in favour of outlets with left-wing views. "They are controlling what we can & cannot see", he wrote.

In his Tuesday morning tweets, Trump vowed that the "serious situation" would "be addressed".

"I won't mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they're making that decision, that is really a unsafe thing because that could be you tomorrow", Trump said.

The company, part of Alphabet Inc, denied any political bias in its search engine.

A test conducted by The Epoch Times on August 28, using similar methods, found similar results. Where the study falls apart is the listing of fewer conservative properties and the addition of conspiratorial sites such as InfoWars and The New American.

I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people, and I think that's a very serious thing, and it's a very serious charge.

Representatives of the big three companies - Facebook, Twitter and Google - have appeared before various Congressional committees several times to discuss these issues but the continued requests for appearances indicate lawmakers' concerns about Silicon Valley's influence in the political world.

In a statement to Deadline, a Google spokesman repudiated the president's claims.

Trump in July lashed out at the European Union in response to a record $5 billion fine against Google over its mobile phone operating system, calling Google one of America's "great companies". Period", Dorsey said. "We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology.

In addition to routine attacks on broadcasters and newspapers, Trump and some of his supporters have railed against social media and technology companies, claiming that they suppress conservative and pro-Trump information.

Google searches aim to surface the most relevant pages in response to a user's query, even before he or she finishes typing.

In his latest furious outburst, Mr Trump claimed anyone searching "Trump News" on Google would be led to reports from the "Fake New Media". While search results can vary between users, observers were quick to point out Tuesday that the top result for many "Trump news" searches was an article from Fox News.

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